Norfolk shipyard in Lyon to create 119 jobs with $ 24 million expansion
NORFOLK, Virginia – The Lyon shipyard in Norfolk will create 119 jobs, invest $ 24.4 million to expand operations by adding a shipping elevator and expanding a dry dock.
“We will create 119 new jobs for the Hampton Roads area,” said Nikole Dunkley, director of human resources at Lyon Shipyard.
The expansion will allow the shipyard to increase its handling capacity to 165 vessels per year, compared to 120 per year.
“We are going to build a boat lift. It’s a ship repair. This will allow us to get boats that come into our yard for repair out of the water and be able to work with more boats at the same time, ”said Dunkley.
The project will start in August and end in November 2022. The Lyon Shipyard is actively hiring welders, electricians, painters, contractors and more with a starting salary of $ 26 per hour.
Governor Ralph Northam said the shipyard’s investment was “a powerful testament to the local economy.” Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander said: “The city values the shipyard for its investments and for creating jobs in Norfolk. “
Kimball says Lyon had offers from other cities but chose Norfolk to expand its operations.
“Because of the resources here, the education, the technology. There are a lot of things here that we thought would be very difficult for us to get away from,” said Ken Kimball, vice president of the yard. naval of Lyon.
Below is a statement from Mayor Alexander on the expansion:
“We are proud that Norfolk is home to one of the largest marine ship repair and defense communities in the world. We appreciate that Lyon Shipyard has chosen to continue investing and creating jobs in Norfolk. After more than 90 years in business, the Lyon shipyard’s continued commitment to our city reinforces our essential role in the ship repair and national defense industry in the United States.
Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander
Governor Northam also made the following statement:
“The Lyon Shipyard has been an integral part of Hampton Roads’ thriving maritime economy for nearly a century. The company’s continued investment and job creation in Norfolk is a testament to the strength of the local workforce and the region as a hub for international shipping. We are proud to support this expansion and look forward to the future growth of Lyon Shipyard in our Commonwealth.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
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